Saturday, September 25, 2010

Beware of the Human Neuron Borer !

The emerald ash borer is an insect. An infestation can kill a healthy ash tree in two to five years. Sound familiar?

The UDSA, local agencies, and Purdue University have started a program to tag all healthy ash trees so that people are aware that each tree is at risk.

With ash trees, you can apply preventive treatments and be careful in moving firewood from infested trees to avoid spreading the borer. That part doesn't sound familiar, does it?

Next time we go to Washington, DC, for advocacy efforts, perhaps we should tag all the healthy assistants and legislators we talk to that they are at risk for ALS which can kill a healthy human specimen in two to five years.

People with ALS this year were playing golf and running and pursuing life's work and pleasures with gusto before they were diagnosed. They were not sickly people. They were like every healthy person on earth. It could be anyone next. Everyone is at risk.

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